Scottish Daily Mail

Dig out your spades, time to be a tree an­gel again!

- By Xan­tha Leatham Ecology · Climate Change · United Kingdom · William Osler · Alan Sugar · Lloyds Bank · Scotland · Peter Goldsmith, Baron Goldsmith · United Kingdom Forestry Commission · Worsley · The Tree Council

DAILY Mail read­ers are to­day be­ing urged to ‘dust off their spades’ once again and plant trees for pos­ter­ity.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of last year’s Be A Tree An­gel cam­paign, UK forestry min­is­ter Lord Gold­smith is call­ing on read­ers to mark the start of Na­tional Tree Week.

Now in its 45th year, the event kicks off winter tree-plant­ing season, the best time to com­mit young trees, known as whips, to the soil.

About 250,000 peo­ple take part ev­ery year, but Lord Gold­smith and Forestry Com­mis­sion head Sir Wil­liam Wors­ley said they hoped 2020’s event would be ‘big­ger than ever’. They said: ‘Tree plant­ing is one of those mag­i­cal answers to mul­ti­ple prob­lems – in­clud­ing our con­tri­bu­tion to cli­mate change. Tree plant­ing and land restora­tion is also the most ef­fec­tive way to stem the ap­palling col­lapse of bio­di­ver­sity.

‘Our pas­sion for the fu­ture of our wood­lands has only grown in re­cent dif­fi­cult months, as many of us have felt sheer de­light spend­ing time in na­ture.

‘ We are de­ter­mined to har­ness that en­thu­si­asm now to make the most of the mul­ti­tude of ben­e­fits that trees bring.

‘The Be A Tree An­gel cam­paign has been a great suc­cess, so we hope read­ers will dust off their spades again now.’

The Mail’s cam­paign, run with the Tree Coun­cil char­ity, raised more than £500,000, with con­tri­bu­tions from Lord Sugar, Sains­bury’s, Lloyds Bank and gen­er­ous Mail read­ers.

The pot will fund 5,500 or­chards in 5,500 schools, with the aim of help­ing chil­dren learn about the vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion trees make to fight­ing cli­mate change and pol­lu­tion. Plant­ing will be­gin next week.

The Mail has also given away thou­sands of holly, wil­low, oak and birch trees, and do­nated 20,000 spruce trees to Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land.

Sara Lom, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Tree Coun­cil, said: ‘ The Tree Coun­cil is sup­port­ing the safe plant­ing of 150,000 trees this winter, in­clud­ing over 30,000 or­chard trees and fruit­ing hedgerows through the in­cred­i­ble sup­port of the Daily Mail Be A Tree An­gel cam­paign.’

For informatio­n on how to take part i n Na­tional Tree Week safely, visit www.treecoun­cil.org.uk.

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